We all love finding Easter Eggs in Disney Pixar films. You know you search for them, too, those little hidden gems that appear in its feature films:
- The Luxo Ball
- The Pizza Planet Truck
- A113 (room number of animation classroom at CalArts, where several filmmakers attended)
But now, Disney Pixar has revealed that there is an Ultimate Easter Egg that has been in every single Disney Pixar movie since 1995’s “Toy Story.” Are you ready?
“Every Pixar fan knows that we love Easter Eggs,” said director Andrew Stanton, who also directed the 2003 Oscar®-winning film “Finding Nemo. And until now, Hank has been our most closely guarded secret. There are even people internally at Pixar who don’t know about this.”
Hank the octopus—who’s actually a “septopus,” because he’s missing a tentacle—has remained a secret for two decades!
“Hank started off as a bit of an inside joke between those of us who were here at Pixar in the very beginning,“ said Stanton. “But since then, finding a place for him in our films has become part of our culture, and I’m glad we finally get to introduce him properly to fans.”
Check out this short video featuring Stanton and Ed O’Neill, showcasing several of Hank’s cameos throughout the years and even providing a new glimpse of the character in action in “Finding Dory.”
About Finding Dory
From Disney: Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”).
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Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016, which is approximately 2 months and 16 days from today, being April 1st. Wait, April 1?